Mark your calendar and plan to attend the 2017 Canadian Surgery Forum!

September 14-16, 2017
Victoria, BC

The Forum is intended for community and academic surgeons, residents in training, researchers, surgical and operating room nurses, Fellows and medical students. The 2017 Forum will offer outstanding opportunities for continuing professional development, dialogue on educational and research issues and networking.

For more information, please visit


Proposed by-Law Changes in 2016
The CSCRS Executive is proposing certain changes to the by-laws relating to the length of terms of CSCRS Officers from three years to two years.  These changes are designed to promote a healthy change and variety among Executive and Board Members of the CSCRS for the future.  If you have any concerns or questions, please direct them to:


Winners of the 2015 CSCRS Awards 

2015 Robin McLeod Podium Award:  Definitive Management of Fistula-in-ano Using Draining Setons. O. Daodu, J. O’Keefe, J. Heine. From the University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta.

2015 Best Paper Award:  Diverticular Abscess Managed by Long Term Definitive Non-operative Intent Is Safe by R. Garfinkle

Winners of the 2014 CSCRS Awards Announced

2014 Research Award – Operating Grant Competition:  The CSCRS is proud to announce that Dr. Lara J. Williams and Dr. Eric Hyun are the recipients of this Award for their paper entitled: “A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Effect of Metronidazole on Postoperative Pain and Early Complications after Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEM).”

2014 Best Paper Award: Congratulations to Dr. Richard Garfinkle for winning the best paper podium prize for 2014 entitled: “Tumor budding predicts recurrence after curative resection for T2N0 colorectal cancer.”

2014 Best Poster Award: Congratulations to Dr. Christine Keng for winning the best poster prize for 2014 entitled: “Rate of positive circumferential radial margins in rectal cancer is dependent on pathologist and surgeon performance, and on the definition of a positive CRM: data from Local Health Integration Network 4”.


Employment opportunity: General Surgeon (Colorectal) – Academic Surgeon

Queen’s University Department of Surgery ( invites applications for a full-time academic General surgeon who has formal training and a primary interest in Colorectal Surgery. Candidates must have advanced colorectal techniques and have experience in minimally invasive skills. There will be significant academic expectation therefore, emerging or established research programs will be considered an asset. Preference will also be given to applicants who can provide evidence of a current involvement and commitment to education through the submission of an educational dossier and the identification of referees who can attest to the applicant’s educational expertise. The review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should forward a copy of their curriculum vitae and the names and addresses of three referees to Dr. John Rudan, Head, Department of Surgery, Queen’s University, Victory 3, Kingston General Hospital, Kingston, Ontario, K7L 2V7, Fax: (613) 544-9174, Email: deptsurgery@KGH.kari.netClick here to see the full job posting. 


Employment opportunity: Colorectal Surgeon

Eastern Health invites applications for the position of Colorectal Surgeon available immediately. This fee for service position will be located in St. John’s, Newfoundland with the selected candidate joining an established group in an academic setting. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in the call schedule. Candidates should hold Canadian specialty certification in Colorectal Surgery or the equivalent and be eligible for licensure in Newfoundland and Labrador. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. For more information regarding Eastern Health and practicing in Newfoundland and Labrador please visit the following websites: and For more information about Memorial University please visit

Interested applicants should send curriculum vitae and the names of three references to:
Sherri-lynn Crouse, Regional Physician Recruitment Coordinator
300 Prince Philip Drive, St. John’s, Newfoundland A1B 3V6
Fax 709 777-2180, Email


Sent on behalf of Dr. Linda Rabeneck, Dr. Jill Tinmouth, and Dr. Michael Gould

November 2013

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to share with you Cancer Care Ontario’s Guideline for Colonoscopy Quality Assurance in Ontario.

The guideline is an update to the Cancer Care Ontario Colonoscopy Standards, which were published in 2007. Developed by Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) in partnership with the Program in Evidence-Based Care (PEBC) and a clinical expert panel, the guidelines provide recommendations on three key aspects of colonoscopy: training and maintenance of competency for physician endoscopists, institutional quality assurance parameters, and performance indicators for colonoscopy. These recommendations provide key guidance for the delivery of high quality colonoscopy in Ontario.

The guideline is a part of CCO’s larger commitment to high quality colonoscopies in Ontario, which will continue through our Quality Management Partnership (QMP) with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) and the GI Endoscopy Quality-Based Procedure (QBP) initiative.

The guideline is available on the CCO website at and is included with this letter.

Cancer Care Ontario has also recently released a list of Frequently Asked Questions on serologic blood tests for colorectal cancer screening. These are available at

If you have any questions about the guideline or the ColonCancerCheck Program, please contact us at 1.866.662.9233 or

We value your continued support as we work to improve the quality of colonoscopies in Ontario.


Linda Rabeneck MD MPH FRCPCVice President, Prevention and Cancer Control, Cancer Care Ontario Jill Tinmouth MD PhD FRCPCLead Scientist, ColonCancerCheck Program Michael Gould MD FRCPCColonoscopy Lead, ColonCancerCheck Program


Sent on behalf of the Colorectal Cancer Pathway Chair, Dr. Conrad Falkson

July 2013

Dear members of the Canadian Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons,

Disease Pathway Management (DPM) is a unifying approach to the way Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) sets priorities for cancer control, plans cancer services and improves the quality of care in OntarioEstablished in 2008, DPM uses a disease-specific approach to create pathway maps, which are used to examine the performance of the entire system across the cancer patient journey – from prevention to recovery and end-of-life care – and to identify areas for improvement in relation the quality of care, processes, and patient experience along the cancer care continuum.  One of DPM’s main goals is to develop disease pathway maps for all major cancer types by 2015.  Disease pathway maps are flowcharts that illustrate a high-level overview of the care a cancer patient in Ontario should receive.  Each pathway focuses on one type of cancer, during a specific phase of the cancer journey, with the understanding that the patient journey differs from one cancer to another. The DPM Secretariat is pleased to share with you the Colorectal Cancer Pathways, which are now available on the external Cancer Care Ontario website.

The Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Pathways provide an overview of evidence-based best practices for the management of patients in Ontario during a specific phase of the CRC patient journey.  A total of six pathways have been developed that span the colorectal cancer patient journey and include:

The Patient-Friendly Versions of the pathways are intended for patients, family members and caregivers, and will guide them through the main steps involved in a particular phase of a cancer patient’s journey.  We encourage clinicians to use these tools as a means of communicating with patients and their caregivers in a relatable manner. To view the Patient-Friendly Versions of the pathways, please click here.  Following its publication, the Patient-Friendly Version of the CRC Screening and Diagnosis Pathways will be transformed into an online, clickable version that will be integrated into CCO’s Diagnostic Assessment Program – Electronic Pathway Solution (DAP-EPS).

The CRC Pathways were created using a multidisciplinary process that emphasizes evidence-based medicine and incorporates input from leading Ontario experts. The CRC Pathways have been developed with the aim of setting care expectations for colorectal cancer patients. To view the CRC Pathways and a list of the Ontario experts involved in the development of these pathways, please click here.

If you have questions or comments pertaining to the CRC Pathways, please contact


Conrad B. Falkson MBChB FCRad(Onc)(SA) FRCPC

Colorectal Cancer Pathway Chair, Cancer Care Ontario

Associate Professor, Dept of Oncology Queen’s University, and Academic Radiation Oncologist Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario at Kingston General Hospital Kingston, Ontario


Report of the Colorectal Surgery Specialty Committee
April 2013

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to write this report on behalf of your Royal College Specialty Committee for Colorectal Surgery.  We continue to be active and participate with other specialties in the recognition of new applications for Diploma status and Subspecialty status from different groups. We met during the Surgery Forum last fall and again in January to work on the Standards of Training documents and the Objectives document, which we are proud to say are now in the CANMEDS format.  We have participated in the evaluation process of one of our programs and in the establishment of a new one.

We are solicited by the credentials unit of the College to assess applications for certification and as a group we have a healthy debate until we arrive at a consensus.  Our examination board, under the direction of Dr Terry Phang has continued to work diligently in the preparation of our annual examination.  The next administration of the exam will be in September 2013.

I was fortunate to attend a two-day workshop in Ottawa last November along with 60 other specialties, subspecialties and diploma focus groups.  We held very informative sessions and had a chance to participate actively in constructive breakout groups.  Our goal is to keep our finger on the pulse of societal needs, along with General Surgery, as we share a seat on our respective committees.  We strive to maintain and improve the presence of our specialty in Canadian hospitals and are sensitive to the workforce issues of the coming decade.

Please feel free to contact me with your impressions and comments. I wish to thank all the members of our Committee for their devotion and commitment.

Paul Belliveau MDCM MPA

Winner of the 2010 CSCRS / SCCCR – Research Program in partnership with Collotamp

Operating Grant Competition!

The CSCRS is proud to announce Dr. Eisar Al-Sukhni as the recipient of this Award for her paper entitled : “A provincial audit to assess the quality of MRI for the staging of rectal cancer in Ontario”. For a full update on Dr. Al-Sukhni’s project, please click here.

Congratulations to Dr. Devon Richardson for winning the best paper podium prize for 2010 entitled: “Self Reported Patterns of Rectal Cancer Care Among General Surgeons in Canada”.